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  1. Hello everyone. This is my latest (second) layout, Redfield. It represents the exchange siding and works of a small private railway, with the cumbrian coast main line running alongside. The layout is continuous run, or it will be once the removable span is constructed to link the two sides. Track and points are all code 100, with mixture of peco streamline for the mainline and Hornby on the branch. Not ideal I know, but the Hornby track should look ok in the industrial setting. Some pictures showing the recent progress More to follow soon. Cheers, Evan
  2. Following on from my two earlier threads of 1980s freight traffic in the West of England Division and the London Division here is the final part of the trilogy, this time I will be looking at freight trains in the South Wales Division. I will follow a similar format and work my way along the South Wales main line from Severn Tunnel Junction and heading west to Llanelli. Most photos will be of the main line although there will be some diversions into the valleys along the way. The photos were taken from 1980 to 1986 although again I will sneak in a few instamatic photos from the late 1970s. There are plenty of gaps in my knowledge of South Wales and I certainly did not manage to photograph everywhere, or everything there was to see, so as before contributions are welcome. When I was compiling the previous threads I spent some time doing research to cross check my old notes and as I went along I learned quite a lot particularly from the comments and anecdotes received from other members. This will probably be another slow process but hopefully will eventually help provide a little inspiration for anyone modelling a South Wales themed layout in the blue era. Just one picture to start with, appropriate as many wagons first arriving in South Wales would take a trip over the Down Hump 08932 and brake van are seen on the Down Hump at Severn Tunnel Junction. The 08 was one of the large allocation of the class based at Ebbw Junction at the time and was a radio telephone fitted loco. 31209 was an Old Oak Common loco at the time, 9/9/80 cheers
  3. Good evening! I hope you are all staying safe during these tough times. Some of you may be aware from my other threads that while I am busy building my Cornish exhibition layout my home based layout has gone by the wayside due to moving house and other personal issues. However with a new start at home and a new 28’ x 12’ train room on the horizon I was at loose ends on how to move forward on the home layout. At a recent get together with the modelling group it came up that Kevin (Hampshire Hog) was potentially looking to sell his wonderful Leaford layout as with his new Millway dock layout he was looking to free up some space and with a bucket load of early 90’s NSE stock from my old Wessex Junction layouts and Leaford being in my modelling timeframe it all seemed to make sense! After some consultation with Ian & Paul (Temeraire & PaulRHB) and some negotiating with Kevin I am happy to say that I am now the proud owner of Leaford!! I first visited Leaford a few years ago and was amazed at how much Kevin had managed to create in such a small place in his front room and loved operating the layout. The layout thread is here: Kevin has done so much great work on this layout since it’s days as an exhibition layout and as a home layout so much so it has featured in BRM magazine. I am so happy that the layout will be able to stay within our group of friends and I will be able to evolve it in its new home. So just before the lockdown Kevin started to take the layout apart and myself and Ian managed to get it out of Kevin’s front room into the van and an hour down the road from Hampshire to Somerset. So plans for the layout include extending the layout from its current 13’ x 9’ to around 28’ to 12’ in size. The layout will continue to be in the NSE era in the early 90’s as like Kevin my stock is of a similar generation. The existing layout is based in the Southern Hampshire area so I will keep it within this area with a new station based loosely on Eastleigh. I had previously planned on Salisbury as well as other Wessex idea’s so I will try and incorporate these as well. An initial idea below (May be subject to change): Most importantly it’s about taking a fantastic layout in Leaford and evolving it into something bigger and better! Thank you to Kevin for agreeing to let me have his great layout and I hope I can improve on it!
  4. I was unsure about starting a thread for a layout which I didn't build but as I intend to improve a couple of things I feel that I can show what I intend to do as well as posting things relevant to the layout that wont fit in anywhere else, also there's very little on here about it. Trevanna Dries was originally built in 2009 by Dave Tailby, later it was sold on re-wired for DCC and the scenery refurbished. In September 2016 the layout came under my ownership after seeing it's potential as an entrance to EM Gauge, so far I have exhibited it twice at two small local shows. Here's a quick couple of photos. The builder of Trevanna Dries, Dave Tailby has a thread for his latest project on here called Victoria which is based on a small parcels depot - it can be found here. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/109877-victoria/ Dave, if you see this then I hope you approve of this thread? More soon.
  5. Some more ramblings from Speedlow. Whilst I have not been doing much with the layout boards I have been slowly planning and developing the quarry buildings that will be a distinctive part of the appearance firmly setting it im the limestone area of the Peak District. My original plan was to build customised versions of real buildings that I come across on my travels. But I soon realised this would be rather costly and potentially time consuming to do. Whilst I pondered what to do Christmas 2014 brought a copy of the Hornby Magazine yearbook featuring the layout they had built that included a cement works. And there was my answer - the Walthers Valley Cement kit. Plus being a plastic kit leant itself to being bashed and altered to suit. And that is what I did with that kit plus the Glacier Gravel kit as well plus another full kit plus further bits. I hope the following images show you what I have been upto. I will dig out some of the other ones using tje Valley Cement kit. The buildings shown are from both kits plus the white plasticard building you see in the background is scratchbuilt to suit the location on the layout. Cheers Paul
  6. pharrc20

    Issue 3 - OMWB

    Hi All, following on from Issue 2 and the photo of the six bauxite Covhops that I was in the middle of converting and renumbering I have now taken a photo of the six as below. Just need to get some of the Parkside parts or have a look at home in Stockport to see if I have any filed away somewhere that I can use. I have weathered up the underframes and just need to do the same for the bodywork to make them all lime stained as per the real wagons. A closer look at the CCT transfers they certainly look the part Lurking in another box is this pair of lovely Buxton allocated 37/5s 37677 in Railfreight Red Stripe livery along with 37682 in Railfreight Construction. These are Lima bodyshells mounted on Hornby Railroad 37 chassis to allow an upgrade from the old Lima pancake motors and as the HR 37 is DCC ready I have chipped them both. I just need to weather the chassis and bogies and put some Kadee couplings on and then these will be ready. I know they don't stand upto the more modern Bachmann 37s but it seemed a shame to waste the Lima bodyshells when I had gone to all the trouble of repainting and renumbering them all those years ago. I have three more the same just need to get some chips for them and they will soon be up and running Aside from doing more work on my Speedlow layout I need to try and get on with some of my wagon projects so I will have at least something to run on the layout. Cheers Paul
  7. I've seen several photos of OBA's with timber in the sidings at Carrbridge in the Highlands in the 1980's. Was this traffic destined for a local sawmill and where was it coming from? Also, when did this traffic run and did it continue after the demise of Speedlink? Many thanks for any help.
  8. meanach


    Welcome to Meanach. I should of started this way back in 2009 when I first began layout construction. Better late than never as they say! After several kind comments on this site I have been persuaded to bring Meanach to a wider audience via the layout forum . Meanach is a permanent layout , sadly I now think. I wasn't sure how it would turn out as I had done no model making of any kind since 1991! Set in 1988 , every year is akin to groundhog day! This is the year I first went to Ardlui for a family holiday by train and listened to the 37s slip and slide out of the station setting my the glens and my heart alight! Thus followed a life long obsession? with the west highland and Kyle lines. When I first thought about a new layout following my first house purchase there really was no doubt as to what the subject matter would be! Following a purchase of Ian Futers books I hijacked one of his ideas and began research into a proposed mainly freight line which was to run across the area roughly occupied by the Munro "Ben Alder". This would of exited by Tulloch and joined the Highland mainline roughly north of Dalwhinnie. This is an area I have walked in many times. I have tried to recreate the look of this part of Perthshire. Utilizing the timber resource within the area the line would of been ripe for o.t.a timber traffic . The potential to cut journey times to Perth would I am certain , created a passenger service. Meanach sees 4 trains a day each way besides the speedlink and timber traffic . This Forum will illustrate day to day goings on at Meanach , a lonely passing place. I will also post my latest bits n bobs on the work bench and or scenic developments. I hope you will join me on this trip back to the days of Scotrail 1988. Ian
  9. Hello again, in this issue I will continue describing how the Speedlow layout track was laid and finalised. Once most of the track was laid down and glued with the Copydex I could then have a bit of a play to with some stock just to get a feel of what the layout would look like. So it was out with the stock I had to hand to put them into the fiddle yard. These were taken in January 2013 Following some stock testing I quickly decided that it would be beneficial to add a second head shunt line next to the one already laid on Boards 4 and 4A in front of the fiddle yard as doing it now before the track was finalised, wired up and ballasted would make things a lot easier. So a further short left hand point and a new yard of flexi-track was purchased from the SMTF shop. The only variation I made was to lay the track onto medium thickness black finished cardboard and thus making this line sit slightly lower than the front line. More soon after some sleep! Cheers Paul
  10. pharrc20

    Issue 2 - OMWB

    Hi folks, slightly later than planned due to one thing and another and a break away. So a quick rundown what was recently OMWB: Set of six modified Bachmann bauxite liveried Covhops plus one unfitted grey one weathered. I have renumbered the six bauxite ones using the Cambridge Custom Transfer sheet BL35h suitable for wagons in the Tunstead to Northwich limestone pool. All the existing panels and printed markings were removed with thinners and cotton buds. I used five of the 38-500 plain bauxite models and one of the BIS 38-502 version. The BIS one will take a lot more effort to remove the markings but at the time it was the only version I was able to buy. The six bauxite wagons have had all the unwanted underframe detail removed as per Alan Monks recent article on the unfitted through vacuum piped wagons in Rail Express Modeller. I just need to finish off the brake rigging and add the push brake shoe parts using the Parkside parts. I wanted to have the seven wagons running in time at the recent Hazel Grove MRS exhibition and managed to finish them bar weathering up the six bauxite wagons. They looked good running round and being shunted on the yard on the clubs Hazel Valley layout. Quite a few punters looking and pointing at them. This photo shows the six wagons before the existing printing had been removed but the underframe mods completed. Lurking in the background on the right are a partially complete Parkside open wagon, Bachmann 27ton conversion and a Chivers 21ton coal open. Above is one of the old Ian Stoate Models ICI hopper wagons in N gauge I picked up at a model show and have undercoated. Next photo shows the sole grey Covhop alongside my Hornby Sentinel which is in the process of receiving faded ICI Mond orange, grey and white livery. Behind the ex Bachmann TTA Mobil tank body there are a pair of Bachmann HEAs awaiting repainting into Sector grey with RF Distribution logos special one off livery that a pair carried. To the right are two of my Hornby HAA to CBA covered lime hopper conversions. Final photo of the fiddle yard part of my Speedlow layout with my test DCC loco 37688 appropriate Buxton number but wrong livery lol! Along with some recently purchased Bachmann PCA Metalair tankers. These are lovely wagons. I have a small part to play in getting these produced by Bachmann following a suggestion made to them a long time ago 2008 or so I think. Oh well at least they eventually got produced. In the background are six of the old High Peak Casters kit models of the ICI hoppers I managed to find and purchase at a recent Bolton Reebok sorry Macron toy fair swapmeet. They need a lot of fettling up and work doing on them... Cheers Paul
  11. I'm fitting new underframes to a rake of 4mm Hornby OAA's and was wondering if anyone supplies the handbrake levers as an etch? Also, what replacement buffers can I use on these wagons? Thanks for any help.
  12. Further to the 'NER coal drops next to ECML' thread I noticed that there are a large number of big grain silos near the station at Belford. Were these ever served by Speedlink or BR wagonload services in earlier days? Many thanks as always for any help.
  13. Good Afternoon... Regarding 1980s Speedlink services I would like to model a couple of the wagons that would've carried the lorry cabs, as per the picture below. Have had a look around without success, could a kind soul point me in the right direction for the rail wagons used. I model in N, and am quite happy to kit bash if not commercially available. Credited to John Dedman - Traction mag Kind Regards - Stephen
  14. pharrc20

    Issue 1 - OMWB

    Hello, welcome to my blog in which I will hopefully be able to share some of the things that I am modelling when time allows. I tend to have several projects on the boil at once and this often means I swap around doing different models as time and resources allow. My workbench at present has several different modelling projects on the go and the active ones are as follows: Hornby Sentinel shunter - to be repainted into ICI Mond Orange, grey and white livery as per real shunters that wore this livery when working at ICI Tunstead quarry. Bachmann Covhops - using the vacuum disk-braked bauxite version of the model I am converting these to through vac piped bauxite liveried wagons as per the recent article in Rail Express Modeller Lima PCAs - some long-overdue repaints and renumbers for some friends. These have been stripped and repainted and need numbers, data panels etc. applying to them and new small size couplings replacing the original Lima big D couplings. Other projects in boxes include some Hornby HAA conversions to CBA lime hoppers; Hornby KFAs weathered up ready to become Greater Manchester binliner train with WildBoarModels excellent binliner containers; a pair of Bachmann HEA hoppers being repainted into a one off Railfreight General sector livery; kit wagons from Parkside and Chivers to be used as static abandoned wagons on my layout Speedlow; plus some resin and brass kits of ICI hoppers; plus a few more! My other modelling is related to my own layout that I have slowly been building for the past couple of years and is based on Railfreight operations in the Buxton area around 1989 to 1991 and will therefore feature lots of lovely private owner air-braked wagons plus lots of lovely Buxton allocated 37/5s plus visiting locos from 20s, 31s and 47s as appropriate. The layout is now at the stage where all the track has been laid and wired for DCC and tested for the first time to make sure it all worked correctly. The next stage will be to start ballasting the track then onto the scenic. So a wide variety of stuff on the go for me! Cheers Paul
  15. A hired in Sentinel shuffles vans in a quiet corner of Herefordshire. The BR exchange sidings are under the bridge this photo was taken from, and the shunter required to shuffle cuts of wagons from to and from the limited hardstanding. What is contained in the wagons is unconfirmed - top secret government stores perhaps, or cider from Bulmers to satisfy the locals' unquenchable thirst? Either way, it's likely Heljan's 'Cider Queen' will make an appearance when it's released!
  16. Hello again, in this issue I will continue describing how the Speedlow layout came about and how I wanted to build and operate the layout. Right from the start it was always envisaged that Speedlow would be DCC operated and I tried to plan for that accordingly when it came to planning the track plan. The layout boards as previously described in Issue 5 were built for me by Black Cat Baseboards in 2011 to the design I specified. There are 4 boards each 4 foot long and two additional outer 2 foot long boards added on at each end. As I had specified that I wanted supporting legs that would fold up underneath the boards themselves, this did of course restrict the maximum length of the legs as the had to clear the angled corner that formed the wedge shape of the baseboards. To the visitor viewing the layout Board 1 would be to the left followed by 2, 3 and 4 in order. The smaller 2 foot extension board purchased at the start became Board 4A off to the right-hand side. Board 3 has a short section of the board that curves and descends towards the fiddle yard that would take up the rear portion of Board 4 and 4A, with a scenic section taking up the remaining baseboard space at the front. The line linking the main sidings and the fiddle yard and supposed link to Buxton drops away down 1 inch gradient. The 2 foot board purchased later became Board 1A off to the left of Board 1. So in all Speedlow is 20 feet long and the maximum depth across all the boards front to back is 33 inches. Once the track plan had been sorted I then started to lay down the cork bed and glued this down with Copydex. Then work could start on preparing and laying the Peco code 75 track and points making sure that holes were in place to take the point control rod that would be installed. Progress on track work was slow given that I could not take the boards to the flat I was living in at the time as there simply wasn't the room and so I just had to work on the boards when I went back home to house sit for my parents. So by January 2013 all of the main track was laid down with the Copydex. Meanwhile the code 100 track forming the fiddle yard was still being tweaked to get the best positions for the proposed 5 lines but once I had put the two 3-way points down and added the short piece of track between them it became apparent that I could in fact get 7 sidings with a mix of long, medium and short roads. More to follow soon! Cheers Paul
  17. I'm after some clarification as to the livery applied to several OTA timber wagons in the 1980's. I'm referring to the (exclusively??)ex OCA conversions that carried 'Thames Board' livery on round wood traffic from Scotland to Workington and various other locations on Speedlink services. My own photos of the 'Thames Board' livery adorning these OTA's is a dark-ish blue. Various books in my possession also show photos of these ex OCA OTA's in blue , but some are pictured finished in a pale green colour that is also described as 'Thames Board' livery, or 'faded Thames Board' livery. A mate of mine maintains that this green livery was connected with the Forestry Commission (or whatever they were called back then). Did the 'Thames Board' livery change from blue to green, or was it simply the blue fading over time to this pale green colour? Thanks for any help. PS: I realise many ex VDA OTA's were finished in blue for 'Kronospan' traffic to Chirk and the unique ex VDA OTA (with big stantions) was finished in 'Forest Enterprise' green.
  18. Another long overdue update and to be honest not a great deal has happened with the layout itself it remains in store at home. I did get round to removing the legs and intended to rework these to make them longer by adding extention pieces to raise the overall height of the layout nearer to the 40 inch mark. Just need to make that trip to the local wood shop... I have been fortunate to have inherited an old kitchen table to use as a workbench that my partner wants me to use. This has allowed me to do more work on the existing buildings and newly acquired Walthers kits to expand the quarry structures as needed and bash the kit parts around. So progress has been made on that front.. photos to follow. On the rolling stock front I made a decision to standardise on Bachmann 37s and to this end have acquired some additional models to enable me to model all of the Buxton allocated 37/5 fleet with some visiting classmates. I still need to source a sector grey Hornby 60 to enable 60011 to be modelled in Construction livery. Sadly some of my Hornby 31s have perished due to that damm mazak rot $#!+ grrr!! I've said it on the thread surely some 3d whizz could knock up a replacement chassis so you could swop them over?? Although freight stock dominates the layout I have managed to acquire a Bachmann BR blue grey class 101 to run with my class 108 on a proposed railtour rambler... oh and a Dapol 122 bubblecar for route learning. A short railtour rake of Mk1s and 2s will follow.. As for the wagons.. still no progress on doing my PGAs need to get going on the Portrait cutter for those to make the bodies. The Hatton's/Oxford Rail I.C.I. Hoppers have been well received and I have a happy quantity of these for use on the layout. I am tinkering with these to add in missing detail on them to make them suitable for my 1989-1991 time period. They seem to have had a lot of stick over the weathered versions and yes it wasn't what had been shown but me being me I have put my money where my mouth is and brought a good quantity of them. I don't know what will happen next given that the last 2 models of the planned 20 were cancelled/not produced and no proper explanation from Hatton's on that which is a shame. I have a hunch that OR will release them again at a higher price soon. Having waited a long time since the old solid resin models for a decent model to be produced there was no way I was going to let these pass. I have a liking for oddball wagons so have some MEAs to backdate to the trio of SJAs.. yes I know they never made it to the real Buxton area but it is my layout so rule one and all that. I am mulling over getting a pair of Kernow PRA models again for a what if scenario once they had finished in clay traffic a pair were trialled in lime traffic.. Likewise the Accurascale PCAs are very tempting as well.. especially the STS grey ones they would look rather nice under the powdered cement silo loader I have built.. So lots to do. Yes my modelling mojo isn't quite on full throttle so I will just have to do what I can. If anyone knows of a secure rent free well lit dust free workshop in Hazel Grove or Northwich let me know min 20 ft long lol. No planned outings for the layout it needs a lot more scenic work doing on it to get it anywhere exhibition standards. Cheers for now Paul
  19. Hi folks, you will have noticed a lack of updates on this blog. Towards the end of 2015 I had two outings with the incomplete Speedlow layout. Firstly, to my home show the Hazel Grove & District MRS show at the end of October and that was really its first proper public showing. The weekend went well and no major problems except for a dry joint on one of the point feeds that I soon got sorted out on the Saturday morning. Although the layout was only the bare boards with track and ballast laid down plus the part completed quarry buildings it was well received and I spent a lot of time explaining to the visitors what it was the layout was aiming to achieve. Following Hazel Grove I received an invite by email from Mark Henshaw aka TheLongLine inviting me to take the layout to the two day The Model Show at Poynton in December. Another good weekend and the layout was well received. Although I don't have all of the correct freight stock ready for the layout yet I was able to keep an operational interest by running substitute locomotives and wagons to try and illustrate how the layout would work. I had a good audience at Poynton by the esteemed line up of Wigan & Wirral Finescale Modellers immediately opposite the layout for the weekend and when I had a chance on Sunday afternoon I received some good comments as to how the layout had been operated and the potential once it was fully finished. So that was good to hear! Having laid the track and wired all of the boards together and some more testing done it was time to crack on with the weathering and ballasting work. To make life easier I decided to just buy a load of Humbrol spray cans and used the Matt 29 brown shade which looked well. Fortunately, the flat I lived in at the time in Bolton had a covered balcony so I could take the boards out there to be sprayed and leave them to dry off knowing they wouldn't get wet if it decided to rain. For the ballast I used two different grades; a very fine almost silt grade that I had brought some years previously and used on the Hazel Grove club layout Smethurst Junction. A slightly coarser grade would be used on the main running lines and sidings with the finer grade used in the two quarry areas. I was originally going to use Johnson's Klear to stick the ballast down with as per an article that Andy Y wrote on how to improve the appearance of the Peco code 75 track but in the end I just stuck with the tried and tested dilute PVA method of sticking the ballast down. Board 1A and 1 at the ballasting stage and being left overnight for the PVA to set The two grades of ballast the coarser darker grey for the main running lines/sidings and head shunt and the finer lighter grey stone in the quarry area A taste of things to come with a pair of Buxton Limby 37s showing the sprayed track work awaiting ballasting Fresh ballast laid down and awaiting the PVA Part way through an evenings work of applying the dilute PVA onto the ballast. At the time I was fortunate to have the use of a spare second bedroom that I could work on the layout in. But as is often the case in life things change not always for the better and it was with sadness that I took the decision to move back home and so the ballasting work was completed and the layout packed up awaiting the day when I moved home. Once I was back home I switched to working on trying to get the layout buildings planned and built so they at least would be ready for the Hazel Grove show at the end of October. I had originally considered building totally scratch-built buildings based on examples at Dove Holes and Dowlow quarries to at least have some authentic buildings on the layout. However, having received the Hornby Magazine year book at Christmas 2014 and seen the construction of the cement works layout gave me inspiration to consider the Walthers HO range of kits as a quicker alternative to making the buildings. Plus the plastic kits lend themselves very well to being adapted as was shown in the HM articles. And so it was this route I decided to take to create the quarry buildings I needed with the advantage of being able to adapt them. Cheers til next time Paul
  20. Hello again, following on from the track-laying in Issue 7 now it was time to start wiring up the layout for DCC operations. Early on I had decided to incorporate several power districts into the design of the wiring so as to try eliminate any whole layout shorts should a loco be operated against a point for example. It happens, yes we have all seen it happen at exhibitions and often rendering the entire layout dead until the controller has been reset. So I decided to split the layout into four power districts these being; the fiddle yard; the first quarry located in front of the fiddle yard on the scenic section; the main line leading from the fiddle yard into the reception loops and beyond into the long neck and finally the second quarry area. This of course means a bit of extra wiring to put in the extra pair of feed wires leading from the power district module to each area of the boards. So most board joints will take two districts across underneath and for this I had a look around at the various types of connectors that would be reasonably heavy duty and robust and in the end settled on the four way Molex power connectors, the sort that you find inside your PC tower case supplying power to the devices like Hard Drives and CD-ROM drives. Having decided on simple red and black for the colour of my main power district feeds you will no doubt be thinking hang on the Molex connectors have two black wires, one red and one yellow... well I just made the yellow wire the honorary red wire for my layout lol. The power district feeds having got to the right part of the board then terminate in long strips of copper-clad strips - I think mine were 0 gauge sleeper sized stock. These are positioned on the underside of the board and then simply super-glued on end held down whilst the glue sets. From these bus-bars the smaller feed wires would be then added to feed the track and points as appropriate. Careful planning of the wire runs away from critical areas largely ensured that the wiring stage went pretty smoothly. Using the Peco code 75 points and wanting live frog operation meant using some form of polarity switching and I initially looked at using Peco's own PL-11 slide switches but after some trials quickly came to the conclusion that it was going to be a nightmare ensuring these would stay aligned and be reliable enough for exhibition operation. After a question on here I was directed to try some micro-switches supplied by Rapid Electronics and so after I had ordered some plus a few spares tried these. I should at this point say that the points are manually operated by roding and so linked to the micro-switch acting on the lever arm thus changing the polarity supplied to the frog. Once I had Board 1A and 1 wired up and I was happy with the action of the micro-switches then there was no excuse to try adding some power via a temporary connection to my borrowed Gaugemaster Prodigy 2 controller and see if it all worked... and it did lol! So far so good.. and yes the loco was stopped with lights on and not about to run off edge of board lol. The loco is reasonably appropriate for a Buxton layout this being 37688, which was once upon a time based at Buxton and now in use with DRS and a limited edition model was done by Bachmann some years ago for Rail Express magazine and I was given the loco for a very nice pocket friendly price by a good friend :-) So after a bit of testing and fettling of the first two board to prove the wiring and the micro-switches operation I was happy enough to continue to wire up the remaining boards. By June 2014 the wiring was pretty much complete but I had an offer to show the boards and layout at my local club open day and so I took it round to the church hall and for the first proper time had the layout up in one piece. Although only static and no power it still got people interested. One thing that was apparent was the overall height of the boards from the floor to the top of the baseboards as to me this looked on the low side. The supporting legs were designed to fold up inside the board for transportation but this might well be something I will change if I am to increase the base board height to make it easier to operate but still be at a good viewing height for the public. So having the layout up and nearly completed gave me more of an incentive to push on and complete the wiring to test it further and then go onto the ballasting stage. Cheers Paul
  21. New Mills depicts a fictional backwater Junction with mainly Freight operation and the occasional passing Passenger Services and is set in the late 80's. It also depicts a couple of Sidings left over from when there was a large Goods Yard the other side of the Road Bridge and that are just about still in use. Total length is 17ft including the two 46 inch Sector Fiddle Yards and a 9ft Scenic Section in the middle. The width is a mere 16 inches. Here is the Track Plan, (REVISED with Platforms 27th June 2019). And the final plan looks like this, with a curved front to the Layout and enhanced scenics.
  22. Hi All just thought I'd post some pics of my new layout Llanthony Sidings set in the mid 80's and inspired by the Gloucester Docks branch. The layout depicts the scene in the final days of operation and is an Inglenook shunting puzzle layout. Hope you enjoy them
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